Lausanne Statement Respects Red Lines

Lausanne Statement Respects Red LinesLausanne Statement Respects Red Lines

The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps said on Saturday the joint statement issued after nuclear talks early this month indicates solutions have been reached and seemingly the other side has accepted Iran’s red lines.

Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari stated that “no binding agreement” has been reached, noting that there are “ambiguities” in ways to remove sanctions. The issue of how to remove sanctions could lead to failure to reach an agreement, he stated.

Iran and the 5+1 group (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) reached a framework nuclear agreement in the Swiss city of Lausanne on April 2.

Jafari said the principled values of the system must be observed whether nuclear talks come to a conclusion and sanctions be lifted or not.

Any flexibility on the part of Iran is definitely within the framework of the country’s principles and policies taking account of the people’s interests, he added. Elsewhere, the IRGC commander said the enemy seeks to break the people’s resistance and “create a consensus against Iran and describe it as an international consensus.”

He said the nuclear program is the symbol of national pride and power, adding fighting against tyranny is the main slogan of the Islamic system.

“The enemy seeks to bring about a change in Iran’s approach in this regard and wrongly suggest that economic sanctions are the way to achieve this goal.”

He said the US sanctions against Iran have not been a new issue; however, the measures have been extended to broader areas.

The point of nuclear talks within the framework of the “heroic flexibility” proposed by the Leader is the removal of all sanctions at once in return for the concessions that Iran would make under a final deal, he noted. Jafari also said the Islamic Republic’s system should serve as a model for the world’s “freedom-seeking” people, so political analysts should know that any mistakes in their analyses can disappoint the deprived people around the world that sympathize with the system and the resistance it has offered.

In addition, he said if the nuclear negotiators move within the framework of the system’s principles, any outcome will be a victory for the people.